For all of your Macs that are compatible, it’s time to take it to a new level by upgrading to the recently released operating system Apple calls macOS High Sierra.
As I mentioned in my article last week, titled: “Mac users prepare for upgrade…” there are several very important procedures you should perform, such as a backup and gathering software in case they need to be reinstalled after the upgrade. Once you have taken the recommended precautions, close all windows and open the App Store.
At the top, if it isn’t already selected, choose Featured. When you see the banner show the window for macOS High Sierra, click anywhere on the banner to go the download page. When the page opens, select the download button on the left.
Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it may take more than several hours for the download. If you feel so inclined, you can select the arrow on the download button and you can copy the download link, tell a friend or post about it on Facebook.
Select Continue when asked. Be sure to Agree twice to the Apple Software License Agreement then select Install. Now you will need to enter your Apple ID password and then select Add Helper and your computer will begin to count down before it restarts. There’s no need to touch anything, just watch. Over the course of the next hour or so, you’ll see your computer restart several times.
When it finally comes to rest, it will prompt you to sign into your iCloud account. Just enter your Apple ID password and select Continue. You may also select to set it up later, if you choose.
You will also be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions twice, and to share Mac Analytics with Apple (optional) and then you should eventually be taken to your desktop.
Let’s verify that your Mac is upgraded. From the Apple menu at the top-left, select About This Mac. In the box that opens, you should easily see macOS High Sierra, Version 10.13. Go ahead and restart your computer.
Note: When I restarted my computer the first time after the upgrade, it became stuck on loading the operating system. All I could see was the Apple logo and the progress bar. Many others experienced this issue, too. If it happens to you, just hold down your power button until your Mac shuts off, wait a moment or two and then restart your computer. It should start up normally.
One other issue after the upgrade, I found out that my Microsoft Outlook for Mac is no longer compatible. Be aware that this may happen to some of your third party software.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com